StarGarden MoonWatch for the Full Moon, February 12th, 2006

Hello Everyone,

I’m Maria Theresa Maggi, intuitive astrologer here in Moscow, Idaho, and you’re listening to the StarGarden MoonWatch for the full moon of February 12, 2006.

This month the full moon brings us to the peak of the lunar cycle in  the fire sign of Leo, the lion. Leo is the home of the sun, the star which sparks the life force on our planet. When the moon is in Leo, it reflects back to us in an especially splendid way the emotional need to “shine,” to be loved, to be the “star” of the show.  For Leo, life is literally a staging ground for the display of creative energy.  The pattern of this full moon chart creates a stage from which to launch any creative or loving action we want to release into the world in the next two weeks. At the new moon in Aquarius, we began by discovering surprise in our friendships and alliances.  In Leo, its opposite, we experience our love affairs— with lovers, with our children, with causes or creative projects, and even with life itself. The polarity between Leo and Aquarius brings us the opportunity to be aware of the continuum they make together.

In true Leo style, this is a very social full moon, engaging intensely with several planets.  Leo’s own energy is not complete without an audience to share it with. Because of the involvement of Mars,  Neptune and Pluto, the action on “stage” at this full moon has the quality of being held in a powerful suspension that heightens the import of whatever follows it.  We may see what’s possible, yet be unable to find the practical means to get ourselves there, at least for the moment. But such a setback would never stop a Leo. The Leo tendency to attract social and material “riches” often brings with it an uncanny knack for finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, which can pave the way to reach our heart’s destination in the next two weeks.

Neptune’s presence will heighten any drama having to do with dreams for the future, the addictions or illusions that stand in the way of realizing those dreams, and the compassion necessary to overcome such painful obstacles. The Leo moon’s courageous generosity can help nurture this process, and also help the Leo in all of us to remember that sometimes we shine the brightest when we give center stage to those that would never claim it for themselves.

Leo brings us the wisdom of the child, who naturally works the magic of play. Yet with the influence of Mars in Taurus, the starting point for entering into a state of sacred play might be as simple as plunking down in a comfortable chair (perhaps with a child or a loved one) and sitting still in the middle of things for a few minutes. The following poem, by A. A. Milne, author of Winnie the Pooh, dramatizes that magic so readily available to the child in all of us when we take time out to just  “be” in an unusual place:

Halfway Down

Halfway down the stairs
Is a stair
Where I sit.
There Isn’t any
Other stair
Quite like
I’m not at the bottom,
I’m not at the top;
So this is the stair
I always

Halfway up the stairs
Isn’t up,
And isn’t down.
It isn’t in the nursery,
It isn’t in the town.
And all sorts of funny thoughts
Run around my head;
“It isn’t really
It’s somewhere else

Here are some suggestions for each of the sun signs for how the inspiration of dramatic pause might work its magic at this full moon and in the following two weeks .

Aries: You might stand between fulfillment in helping a group, friend or child realize a dream or face a difficulty, and mastering a challenging legal or educational task.

Taurus:  The truth may be coming out about people you have idealized.  You can find the strength to examine this possibility, rather than to act only from a need to be liked.

Gemini:  You may be planning what seems to be the ideal trip. Yet take a moment to allow for the unexpected to happen.  See the ways that responsible fun is within your reach.

Cancer:  You might feel a power play from a child, a romantic partner, or someone at work. A willingness to know what you feel and stick with it will help smooth things out.

Leo: You may have to hold a public project, or your own position in it together in the face of partners who disagree. Stay with it.  Your active enthusiasm can win the day.

Virgo: You might be “getting” something at a very deep level about your immediate environment you can’t quite explain.  Trust the words to come in their own time.

Libra: You may shine by expressing your ideals dramatically or artistically in a group setting. Or you argue eloquently and stubbornly for a powerful truth.

Scorpio: You may be able to speak with kindness or practical wisdom about what your understanding of the true starting point is.  Others are waiting for you to lead.

Sagittarius: You want to go to a deeper level on your own, but things at home or in your health or work routine slow this process down, suggesting another way to go deep.

Capricorn: Deeply held values of a group and their vision of the future could be felt in a very personal way, as you allow someone else to express what you both feel together.

Aquarius:  Your activities may be confined or changed, yet you don’t mind that much. This switch helps you ground and express your feelings, and empathize with others.

Pisces: You may break with your own ideal choice in order to do what is necessary for a child or a loved one. You’re happy to do it, but need to stay grounded during this shift.

As the film Shakespeare in Love opens, Phillip Henslowe, the owner of the Rose Theater, is in steep debt, so in order to keep his feet out of the literal fire, he makes his principal debtor, Mr. Fenyman, co-producer of a comedy the young Shakespeare hasn’t even written, called Ethel, The Pirate’s Daughter, knowing full well the theaters are also closed because of the plague. . .When Fenyman confronts him by the throat once he learns this last bit of news,  Henslowe shrugs and replies with this gem of Leo wisdom:
“ Mr. Fenyman, allow me to explain about the theater business. The natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster.”
“So what do we do?” Fennyman asks.
“Nothing,” says Henslowe. “Strangely enough, it all turns out well.”
How?”asks Fenyman skeptically.

“I don’t know,” Henslowe replies. “It’s a mystery.”  And just at that moment, the London town crier is heard announcing the theaters have been opened. And Shakespeare goes on to write, not Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter, but Romeo and Juliet, changing theater forever. Even when there is suddenly no one to play Juliet, and her character is to appear on stage in minutes, Henslowe continues to insist that it will turn out well, although he doesn’t know how. And it does.  So at this full moon, we are invited to embrace the mystery that strangely enough, it will all turn out well, if we have the Leo confidence to roar from the heart, staying just sure enough and just foolish enough to shine our lights, shed some light, and keep it light!

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